for people ages 5-12 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Michael Jung



The goal of this study is to evaluate the use of immersive audiovisual distraction and virtual reality to reduce perioperative anxiety in pediatric patients undergoing surgery at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The study plans to employ virtual reality headsets during induction of anesthesia in pediatric patients for elective surgery in a randomized clinical trial.

Official Title

Perioperative Virtual Reality for Pediatric Anesthesia: Pediatric Distraction on Induction With Virtual Reality (PEDI-VR)


AnxietyPerioperative virtual reality headset with mobile appPerioperative virtual reality headset


You can join if…

Open to people ages 5-12

  • Patients aged 5-12 years
  • Patients present in preoperative area for induction of general anesthesia for an elective surgery or procedure

You CAN'T join if...

  • Patients with injuries to the head/face that would prohibit wearing of headsets
  • Patients with loss of consciousness, altered mental status, life-threatening injuries/illness or multi-trauma
  • Patients with open skin, lice, scabies, or other infectious skin conditions on the head/face
  • Patients with a history of or current symptoms of vertigo
  • Patients who are blind
  • Patients with significant developmental or cognitive delays who may not be able to engage with or tolerate the virtual reality environment, as determined by their parent/caregiver
  • Patients on whom the VR headset does not fit appropriately
  • Non-English speaking patients (due to limited availability of non-English study documents and consents)


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital accepting new patients
    San FranciscoCalifornia94158United States

Lead Scientist


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